This video details with an example why not to reject takeoff after $V_1$.

It contains an example of a 747 running off the end of the runway, due to a rejected takeoff past $V_1$ prompted by an engine fire warning. It would appear to be a -200 combi variant with rear cargo door. Faint 'Air France' titles are visible.

What aircraft and flight was this?

  • $\begingroup$ The first part of that video reminds me of some crash I read about where an unnoticed tire damage caused overheat and fire inside the plane. $\endgroup$
    – PlasmaHH
    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ @PlasmaHH this one? $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2015 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, I think that was the one. $\endgroup$
    – PlasmaHH
    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:31

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The copilot rejected the takeoff above V1 in response to the engine fire warning.

The aircraft in question:

  • Air France plane operating as flight 187
  • Boeing 747-200 SCD (side cargo door) registration N4506H
  • Aircraft had company number 22794 and manufacturer serial number 558.

The incident occurred on the 24 of July 1988 at Delhi airport. An overview can be found here.

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    $\begingroup$ Ask a question and then answer it yourself. Is that becoming a trend on SE? ? :p $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2015 at 10:40
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    $\begingroup$ @VictorJuliet that's always been possible on SE. Since I had to search for it and look it up I figured why not to share it :) $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2015 at 11:05
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    $\begingroup$ @VictorJuliet Perfectly acceptable on SE. $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2015 at 11:28
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    $\begingroup$ @VictorJuliet it is not a trend yet but it is fine, acceptable and encouraged. $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:54
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    $\begingroup$ @VictorJuliet See this meta question $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Jun 18, 2015 at 13:52

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